Prior to applying for ethics approval you will need to develop a well considered research proposal/protocol. You may need to:
CSU requires all applications for approval to be made via the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) form. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) site hosts the HREA and has general information on how to complete and submit.
Note that you are required to create a package of documents within the HREA site, then email this package to the HREC. The package will include:
The following is additional CSU specific information.
When completing your project protocol template:
When completing your HREA form:
It would be helpful if all documents are converted to pdf before uploading into the package.
Complete all mandatory sections of the HREA form and upload all the materials you will need to generate a HREA document. As per the HREA instructions, ensure you have saved a copy of the application for your records and possible future reloading. Submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sometimes more than one institution needs to review a research proposal, for example, when it:
These situations are detailed in Chapter 5.3 of the National Statement, as are the guidelines for how CSU approaches research projects with multiple organisations.
The ethical review process at CSU seeks to eliminates unnecessary duplication, and the decision of another institution's ethical review body will often be accepted. The CSU HREC should be informed of the review via the Projects already approved by another HREC form.
While this is a brief form the application to CSU should also include;
These various attachments are required as the CSU HREC needs to be assured that the review was undertaken in line with the requirements of the National Statement.
If you propose to conduct research in another country, you still follow the same application process, however additional ethical considerations may arise. You should consider the beliefs, customs, cultural heritage, legal or regulatory requirements of participants. Sometimes these will be in tension with one or more of the ethical values of the National Statement. Please refer to Chapter 4.8 in the National Statement for advice on negotiating appropriate practice. These considerations should be detailed in your application.